JANUARY 2019 passed by with little of interest on the railway front in the County and what there was being unwelcome.
First bad news wass that of a huge demand for extra rent from the owner of Lady Foley's Tea Room on Great Malvern Station. It seemed that the operator of the station was really seeking to close the cafe and thus reduce its income from rent to nil.
Then it was revealed that the new Worcestershire Parkway Station would not be operating until the end of 2019 at the earliest. Indeed althogh it appeared to be on the point of opening eventually Frebraury 2020 was set.
APOLOGIES FOR THE LACK OF UPDATES in 2019 caused by personal circumstances.
The new turnback siding created in 2018 finally saw its first train when Colas livery class 70 diesel locomitive No.70811 was sent from Hinksey to test out the arrangements. Robert Pritchard was there when the first locomotive arrived on Monday 11th February 2019.
After being being delivered in 2018 this class 800 was used for crew training. Re-liveried into GWR colours this early class 800, No.800002, was put into traffic in 2019. It was photographed by Robert Pritchard at Malvern Link Station on Sunday September 1st 2019 working the 13.51 (Sundays only) Oxford to Hereford service (train code No.1W03).This train normally starts at London Paddington.
4th May 2019 saw the last scheduled run of an HST 125 on the Cotswold line and it was recorded for posterity by Jack Summerfield in this photograph of No.43171 (No.43004 was the other power car). The train is seen here at Hereford.